LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Chrissy Howard is like a lot of parents on Memorial Day weekend: She took her kids out into the sun at the Louisville Zoo.

"My 3 year-old son loves animals," Howard said. "This is what he likes to do. This is his favorite spot for the summer time."

For some visitors, it's the first trip of the season, and they're noticing everything isn't exactly how it was the last time they were here. A backhoe, orange tape and dirt fill some of the space that used to be their favorite exhibits. The zoo is in the middle of transformations to the tune of $7 million.

It will give some big cats there a new home.

"The snow leopards will be able to leave the exhibit and go through a passage through the public walkway, so they can actually enjoy us," Zoo Director John Walczak said.

A new early childhood development center will also be built, and two new monkeys coming to town will need some space.

"Next year, we're going to be opening an African Colobus Monkey and a Guenon monkey exhibit," Walczak said.

Visitors can also be part of that experience.

"Guests will be able to be in the shade enjoying their lunch, or whatever meal they choose while they get to watch the primates enjoy this new exhibit," Walczak said.

This is hardly the first re-work for the zoo, and it won't be the last.  Construction on the current phase is set to be complete this fall.

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